Chesterville fairgrounds ready to light up for another Fair this weekend

Petting Zoo tents appeared at the Chesterville Fairgrounds today, harbinger of this weekend's annual Fair. Preparations also included installing new overhead LED lights to properly illuminate the demolition derby and truck pull pit for the first time in years. Zandbergen photos, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — The fairgrounds have begun shaping up again for this year’s annual Chesterville Fair, which kicks off Friday night and runs through Sunday (Aug. 26).

The 2018 edition will put a special spring in the step of youngsters — as this year’s midway is an extensive all-air-bounce affair — while putting an extra strong spotlight on such favourite evening features as Friday’s truck pulls and Saturday’s demolition derby. Crowds at those two grandstand events can look forward to seeing the field fully illuminated for the first time in years. Crews with Thompson Electric and Dundas Power Line worked today to install several new high-powered LED lights on the surrounding utility poles that previously stood unused with decrepit burned-out lights. (The Chesterville & District Agricultural Society has otherwise made due with a couple of portable lighting units that just didn’t offer the same experience as a field fully bathed in light from above.)

Tents also began showing up on site today, the first visual stirrings of the fair coming back to life for another season.

The Society says it is thrilled with 2018’s “jam-packed” schedule of events, including that Tribeck Inflatables midway as well as a broader lineup of  live music —  the “McCloskey Music Series” — so named because of the Chesterville establishment’s help with securing about 10 individual performers for shows in the refreshment tent.

And it’s all offered for an all-inclusive price of $15 per day, described as an “incredible value” by the Society.  To further extend the deals, a limited number of weekend passes will be available for a more than 20 percent discount at $35 each. Children under 6 will enjoy all-inclusive access for free this year.

The regular attractions will also return this weekend. In addition to the truck pull and demolition derby, crowds will be excited to see the tractor pull at the grandstands during the day on Sunday.

Agricultural shows such as the Hunter Horse Show, Beef Show, Poultry Show, and Petting Zoo will entertain
animal lovers and educate everyone.

Children will also be drawn to the Kidz Zone Tent and its regular slate of activities plus a new entertainer, Lil
John, a well-known clown from the Ottawa area. He’s slated to put on three fun shows both Saturday and

The age-of-majority crowd will also be pleased with the return of  theBordertowne Boys who will rock the Friday evening dance (Aug. 24). The show is included in Friday night’s admission cost, or $10.

Eddy and the Stingrays take the stage Aug. 25 for their popular 50’s and 60’s rock party, with an admission price of $15 per person.

See for advance ticket sales. Day passes and tickets to the Eddy & the Stingrays dance are available at the regular cost plus a service fee. Fifty discounted weekend passes continue to be available through Aug. 23 (or when they run out). Online ticket sales are managed by Eventbrite, so tickets can be purchased securely by credit card and emailed directly to the buyer for easy admission at the fair.

Host of the annual Fair, the Chesterville & District Agricultural Society is organized under the authority of the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act of the Province of Ontario. Its primary objective is to encourage awareness of agriculture and promote improvements in the quality of life for those in the Chesterville area. The Society is made up of a number of members throughout the community and governed by the Board of Directors, which is selected at the
Society’s Annual General Meeting, held in the final quarter of each calendar year.

The 87th annual Chesterville Fair comes to town, August 24-26

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